Being in the business world in in the contemporary context can be quite difficult and challenging. Managing your business and keeping your employees and customers happy require commitment and good strategic planning in order for it to be a success.
It can be a bit hard to devote your time to assess your choices and provide solutions to your business needs. For businesses engaging in retail, your choice of point of sale (POS) system might be the most vital and confusing choice you will make.
With too many in the market, one decision is not going to be appropriate for everything. There are a lot of things to consider when making a decision like this.
If you want to save expenses by managing and customizing your own system, then open source point of sale systems may be for you.
Here are a few of the open source options available which might fit the needs of your business.
Odoo is best suited for small and medium businesses where data to be handled or tracked is not too much when compared to other ERP solutions that handle millions of data. It is web based and runs on both Windows and Linux. Their point of sale system along with their marketing and sales solutions is directly connected with the Odoo inventory and e-commerce tools.
OSPOS (Open Source Point Of Sale)
This is a web based point of sale system written in the PHP language with a MySQL backend and has a simple user-interface. It can be installed locally or remotely and its features include customer management, barcode printing, reporting tools, and inventory tracking along with basic POS functions.
This is specifically designed for Restaurants and supports touch screens, handheld terminals and caller-id hardware. This is a good choice if your business has simple needs and is available to use for free.
WallacePOS is a web based POS & business management system and is compatible with standard POS hardware including receipt printers, cash withdraws and barcode scanners.
Shopify is currently one of the most popular POS being used today. It has a user-friendly interface, a good customer support system, and CRM features. Shopify enables you to do more than just manage your inventories, you can also export reports, create gift cards, do multiple transactions and payments, and manage your customer information. Most importantly, Shopify is priced reasonably.
Aside from these, there are also a lot of POS systems you can try that can be compatible with your business, here are a few:
There are vastly different choices to choose from and one’s choice of POS system might not be compatible with another, it is important that you must choose wisely.
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